You wouldn’t think of 3-3 FIU as being a coaches dream, but they excel at certain facets that calms coaches’ upset tummies.
The Panthers rank fifth nationally in red-zone defense, allowing points on 66.7 percent of red-zone trips. The offense scores on 94.1 percent of red zone invasions, No. 14 nationally. Also, FIU doesn’t give the ball away — only six turnovers in the first six games (three of those in the 36-22 loss to Indiana).
▪ According to a report in Murfreesboro’s Daily News Journal, Middle Tennessee State running back and kickoff returner Jeremiah Bryson will play against FIU on Saturday. Bryson was charged with simple assault in Smyrna, Tennessee, for an incident involving his child’s mother Oct. 8, then further charged when it was discovered an attachment order against him for failure to pay child support.